Sunday, August 23, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man 601

Okay, it's been a while, mostly because my scanner broke, but now we're back in business, this time with:
Comic Review: Amazing Spider-Man 601

The issue starts with Mayor Jameson doing what he does best, blaming Spider-Man for what some supervillain did. Which, in this case, is Doc Ock. The reports defend him, saying they're pretty sure he saved the city. Jameson responds with "NUH UH!"

Next we come to Peter, waking up to what he identifies as a hangover. He struggles to remember the events of the night before, with only little tidbits, like how he talked to Mary Jane at one point.

He finally looks to his left, and notices he's not alone. At first he thinks it's Mary Jane, but it turns out it's his roommate's sister, who had been living in the apartment for a while, Michele Gonzales. She gets angry and gets in the shower, warning Peter that he had better be gone before she gets out.

Peter goes webslinging about, trying to find a solution, and remembers that he and MJ agreed to meet someplace at some point. He finds a welcome distraction in a mugger, but dispatching the criminal leads to complaints from all involved. Especially the cops. Looks like he just can't catch a break.

In his search for lodging, he remembers Aunt May is away on honeymoon, so her house should be vacant. Going up to the door, his spider-sense slightly tingles, which makes him think it's like the last time he went into Aunt May's house unannounced. (Read: When he discovered Jameson Sr. and Aunt May were together.) He goes inside, bewildered, to find Aunt May's relatives, the Reilly's taking up residence.

Apparently they want to stay because Massachusetts has higher taxes than New York. Whoever wrote that obviously doesn't live in New York, because although the state sales tax is 4.0% and Massachusetts' is 6.25%, in New York each county also adds its own sales tax, making the total sales tax at least 8.0% in New York. If they were trying to get away from Massachusetts taxes, New York would be the last place they would go.

Sorry, I just like to expose it when writers don't do the research.

Anyway. After that plan fails, he tries to find Harry in the hopes he can crash in his Penthouse, and that he'll have MJ's number.

With that plan quickly dismissed, Peter is forced into desperation. He visits his old friend Betty Brant over at the DB, (The Daily Bugle which had been bought out.) but, once again, finds failure because she already has a roommate. Peter leaves quickly when he hears about a fire in the Empire State Building. Spider-Man tries to calm people down in the raging inferno, and finds salvation in the form of the water pipes from the bathroom. After the bedlam is over, he talks to a fireman, and in the conversation, he mentions Grand Central Station, which jogs Spider-Man's memory about his prior conversation with Mary Jane. He shows up, and thinks of possible things to say to her, until it's obvious she's not showing up.

Cut to Mary Jane, just waking up. After having slept for fifteen hours, she remembers her date with Peter almost immediately, but figures he'd made something out of his night after watching a news report on the fire Spider-Man saved people from. I guess the secret identity erasing of One More Day didn't work on her?

So, this comic. I liked it quite a bit. The writer could actually write Spider-Man well, not as well as Bendis, but better than whoever wrote American Son. The art is nice, better than the 600th issue in my opinion. So yeah, it surprized my by being an issue of Amazing Spider-Man I genuinely enjoyed. Problem is, I can't guarantee the next issue will be this good. Because of the rotation of writers and artists on Amazing Spider-Man, each issue is a gamble. Hell, next issue could be the best Spider-Man I've ever read, or could simply be mediocre. This is why I preferred the old ways, where there were a few different Spider-Man titles, so you could choose which one you liked based on its merits, and just buy that one once a month. Now there's just Amazing, so I gotta keep paying three times a month for an unreliable amount of quality.

Okay then, it's my first review in a while, so tell me what you think! Next time I'll either do the new Ultimate Spider-Man #1, or New Avengers #55, because Bendis wrote it. So until I get enough ambition, the W Defender is signing off.

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